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Whiskey Before Breakfast

Lesson ID: A0116

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play the standard bluegrass tune “Whiskey Before Breakfast“. Many believe this song is an old tune from the Appalachians or the British Isles. We’ll teach you a nice bluegrass flatpicking instrumental break and we’ll also go over the chords and lyrics for those of y’all that want to sing along. After you watch the lesson, prepare for your next bluegrass jam with Devin’s jam track!

Instrumental Break

Video 1 – Overview

Video 2 – Learn the A Part

Video 3 – Learn the B Part

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Video 4 – Practice Along

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Rhythm & Lyrics

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Backing Track

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Martin
Martin(@martinfan)
5 years ago

very nice arrangement and teaching!

Ron
Ron(@ron)
5 years ago

Nice lesson, Devin. I like this version a lot. I don’t think I can play it up to speed but I’ll have fun playing it slower. Keep up the good work!

Curtis
Curtis(@curtis)
5 years ago

Wow, amazing lesson! I really like the new tab thumbnails you added below the videos

Jared
Jared (@guest_663)
5 years ago

Great lesson! On the way to sign up now…

Randy
Randy(@randyodea57gmail-com)
5 years ago

That was a great lesson you do very good way of teaching love to learn many more old ones like that thanks Devin

bruno
bruno(@bscolatigmail-com)
5 years ago

Thank you for the nice lesson Devin, I feel more confortable to play the D/F# with the tumb, but I’ll work on that.

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
5 years ago

great fun tune , i like to learn this added to favs!

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
5 years ago

wow , Devin really impressed, very nice site glad i joined! like the easy slow /beat/tempo stuff.. like the loop AB feature and just how you explain and teach ,, no need to wait, you have my annual donation! ty much!

douglasburch69
douglasburch69(@douglasburch69yahoo-com)
4 years ago

I love what you did with this song and I wish you would do all your lessons this way I specially love the Jam track where you play all the way through the song and you play Rhythm and the brakes and allow me to play through the brakes while you play the rhythm

andrewtaylorjohnson
andrewtaylorjohnson(@andrewtaylorjohnsongmail-com)
4 years ago

This was the song that got my wife and I interested in playing bluegrass in the first place (particularly this arrangement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtxdaAui4tw)! Thanks so much for the awesome lesson. Hopefully I can get my wife to busk with me at the farmer’s market this year 😛

martinman54
martinman54(@martinman54yahoo-com)
3 years ago

My HD-35 loves this tune…….Awesome!

martinman54
martinman54(@martinman54yahoo-com)
3 years ago

Awesome lesson Devin! This has got back to pickin’ !

Alex
Alex(@alexcontinilive-co-uk)
3 years ago

Almost mastered Wildwood Flower. Now started this song. Fantastic stuff Devin! You’re so talented.

henriklemee
henriklemee(@henriklemeegmail-com)
3 years ago

Amazing, amazing. Thanks a lot .

richardtreloar
richardtreloar(@richardtreloarcomcast-net)
3 years ago

Devin, trying to print the instrumental break tab for Whiskey Before Breakfast but when I click print it comes up looking like a half of sheet and the worksheet you must have used. May be on my end, but don’t think so. Have not had trouble before. Can you take a look.

richardtreloar
richardtreloar(@richardtreloarcomcast-net)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin, works now. I don’t know what happened, have not had a problem before this. Appears that my brain “computer” needed to be shut down and restarted.

Carl
Carl(@myers29syahoo-com)
2 years ago

Thanks so much for the thorough jam track Devin! After learning so many measures it’s really gratifying to be able to try to put it all together with the backing track! Very helpful.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
1 year ago

Like the D/F# shape, have a nice evening Devin!

Dennis McCabe
Dennis McCabe(@badshot)
1 year ago

What threw me with this version is that it is played out of the D position where almost all of the other versions of this song that I have seen (including Norman Blake) are played out of the C position. Why did you choose to do it out of the D position and how how will learning it in the D position help or hurt me when playing with others in a bluegrass jam?